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Focus on These 4 Key Behaviors During Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Awareness Month starts today and runs through the month of October, raising awareness about simple practices that individuals and businesses can engage in to increase their cybersecurity and reduce the chance of being compromised, more commonly known as being hacked. 

“In a digital age where our lives and businesses are increasingly intertwined with technology, Cybersecurity Awareness Month serves as a powerful reminder that safeguarding our online presence is not just a responsibility; it’s a necessity to succeed,” says Luke Vander Linden, RH-ISAC vice president of membership. “In today’s interconnected world, implementing robust cybersecurity strategies is imperative for safeguarding your business assets, reputation and the trust of your customers.”

As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Retail & Hospitality ISAC (RH-ISAC) is focusing on four key behaviors, including using strong passwords and a password manager, turning on multifactor authentication, recognizing and reporting phishing and updating software.

When choosing a password, pick one that is long, unique and complex and take advantage of password managers to help you keep your logins organized and easy to access. Multifactor authentication is also crucial to keep your online accounts safe.

Email users should also learn how to detect and report a phishing scheme and become familiar with their email provider’s tools to combat phishing. If you install the latest updates for devices, software and apps, not only are you getting the best security available, but you also ensure that you get access to the latest features and upgrades.

To read more about each of these topics, visit rhisac.org/nhpa.

RH-ISAC also offers professional development events, cyber intelligence reports, shared threat intelligence, an online member community and more. Learn more here.

About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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